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Free help for the COMPASS test
The Success Center in ESB 15 is now offering Core Skills Mastery (CSM), a proven system of computer-based skill-building designed to help students move into college-level classes. The help is free, open to everyone, and simple to use.
• Get an immediate boost in math and reading.
• Learn advanced problem-solving and thinking skills.
• Gain learning independence.
• Build confidence and learn how to succeed.
CSM courses are self-paced, meaning each student determine when they're ready to move on. There’s no set schedule. Classes can be completed at home, at the Success Center, or anywhere with an internet connection. And, the CSM online program is coordinated with center services, including tutoring, so progress is seamless.
Students can visit the Success Center anytime to get signed up for CSM. Staff will set up a login and provide help with using the system.
UCC's All-Oregon Scholars
A non-traditional student who worked in construction before returning to college, Freddy is a student through the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP), which focuses on helping first generation, low income, and/or disabled students reach their goals of earning four-year college degrees. He is currently serving as the student government vice president and is also the vice president for the UCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two-year colleges. Freddy is a second-year student and will graduate from UCC in June with an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree. He plans to attend the University of Oregon this fall.
Alvia grew up in Lima, Peru. At UCC, she serves as a tutor for TOP and Spanish courses. She also volunteers with the Riddle Education Center. She is a second-year student who will graduate this spring from UCC. She plans to attend the University of Oregon to study business administration. She is interested in international business and her dream is to work for the United Nations.
Alvia was also selected as a 2013 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. Selection as a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar was based on scores she earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,800 applications were received this year. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa.
By virtue of their inclusion on the All-Oregon Academic Team, both Freddy and Alvia are nominated for the All-USA Academic Team. The All-USA Academic Team is presented in partnership with USA Today, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa.
UCC Women speak out
In honor of Women's History Month the UCC Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) produced a short video interviewing women on the UCC campus who shared their thoughts about what inspires them.
During the month-long observance, a life-size image of Rosie the Riveter (face missing) was available for photo sessions. This allowed individuals to become the face of Rosie the Riveter - a long-time symbol of women's power to contribute to society. View photo sessions in the video.
About the AAWCC
The mission of the AAWCC is to:
- Offer opportunities to share common interests, needs and ideas;
- Support women in leadership roles;
- Encourage professional development;
- Promote and offer workshops; and
- Engage in service activities.
For more information on the AAWCC, please visit http://www.aawccoregon.org/
Register now for Foundation Golf Tourney
Spots are still available for foursomes for the popular Umpqua Community College Foundation Golf Tournament at the Myrtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 19.
Proceeds from the tournament fund scholarships for UCC students. Spots are filling up quickly. Individual registration is $100; teams of four are $400.
The tournament opens at 11:15 a.m. with lunch. The four-person scramble starts at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. All players receive 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, player gift, lunch, beverages on the course, after-tournament refreshments and a raffle ticket for prizes. Players may buy additional raffle tickets and mulligans. Additionally, there are a number of prizes that players can compete for, including a hole-in-one prize of a new car.
Sponsorships are still available.
• Gold Sponsor, $2,500, eight players (two teams)
The sponsor receives signage on two holes, recognition in print and media, banner placement in a prominent location, logo on cart sheets and recognition throughout the event.
• Silver Sponsor, $1,000, four players (one team)
The sponsor receives signage on one hole, recognition in print and media and throughout the event.
• Lunch Sponsor, $500
The sponsor receives signage on one hole, recognition during the event and banner placement in the lunch area.
• Tee Sponsors, $100
The sponsor receives a sign at the tee.
Interested golfers or sponsors are encouraged to contact the UCC Foundation at 541-440-7847 or visit the foundation website for additional information.
Finish the GED Test
Umpqua Community College is rallying GED test takers to finish the GED test by December in anticipation of a new test, which will be introduced in 2014.
The current version of the five-part test – the 2002 series GED test – will end in December, along with all incomplete test scores. If test takers don’t complete their tests by December, they will lose their scores and then must start from scratch on the new GED test, which will be introduced in January.
At UCC, which offers GED testing at its main Roseburg campus, there are 168 students who started the test in the last three years who still need to finish. The last day to complete the 2002 series test at UCC is Dec. 20. The last day to start the computer-based 2002 test is Nov. 18.
“We really want to encourage any students who started the GED test to come in now to finish before they lose their previous scores,” explained Mandie Pritchard, director of counseling and advising at UCC. “So many students have just one or two tests left, and I would hate for them to lose all their hard work. It’s really important to finish out the remaining tests before they expire in December.”
For students needing to brush up on their skills, UCC offers low-cost classes to help students earn their GED. Classes are $42 per term and students can attend as many hours of class as they want. Students who complete 60 or more hours of class time earn a tuition waiver for up to 16 credits for one term at UCC. This waiver allows students to attend classes and pay only for books and class fees.
“The tuition waiver is a huge reward for students who work hard to earn their GED, and want to go on to a two-year degree or to receive training for a career,” said April Hamlin, director of Adult Basic Skills at UCC. “It’s a well-earned jumpstart for adults who really want to get their lives moving forward.”
For more information on GED classes, contact UCC’s Woolley Center at 541-440-4603.
For more information on taking or finishing the GED test, contact UCC’s Testing Center at 541-440-4610.
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